Imagine waking up and seeing your alarm clock, or going about each day without the hassle of contact lens cases, messy solutions and dry eyes.  Visualize a world that you can fully see, all the time.

Laser vision correction is a service that helps people who are 21 years of age or older, are nearsighted or farsighted, or have astigmatism. “Refractive surgery” is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems to reduce dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.


The procedure uses a precision laser to reshape the cornea enabling light entering the eye to properly focus onto the retina for clearer vision.

People with myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism can benefit from laser vision correction. Laser vision correction does not correct presbyopia which is the need for reading glasses. After age 40 you will still need reading glasses at some point.


LASIK (LAY-sick) is the most popular refractive surgery performed in the world and has been helping people eliminate the need for glasses for 25 years. 

There are different types of laser vision correction and depending on the severity or condition of your eyes, LASIK eye surgery may not be the best solution.

PRK or LASEK may be a more beneficial procedure than LASIK. The PRK procedure was in fact the first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction and is the predecessor to the popular LASIK procedure everyone has come to know. Like the LASIK procedure, PRK and LASEK reshape the cornea to correct one’s vision by using an excimer laser. The procedures differ in the preparation of the cornea prior to the excimer laser treatment. PRK and LASEK are often optimal approaches for a number of reasons such as corneal distortions or thin corneas.


  • LASIK involves creating a flap of superficial corneal tissue with a femtosecond laser. This flap is then raised and treatment is applied using an excimer laser.
  • PRK and LASEK involve removing the surface cells on the cornea (the epithelium), instead of creating a corneal flap. In the LASEK procedure, the surface epithelial cells are partially preserved until new cells grow back. In the PRK procedure, the cells on the surface of your cornea are removed to reshape your cornea.
  • Though PRK recovery can take a bit longer than recovery from LASIK eye surgery, PRK is still commonly performed and offers advantages over LASIK for some patients.

So which procedure is right for you? Dr. Carlson will review all of your medical history and vision conditions at the consultation, and advise you of your candidacy, surgical options, and his recommendation of what would be best for you.

Our entire Claris team can help explain vision correction options and possible complications so you’re comfortable with your choice.  The consultation is free, so we encourage you to schedule a visit and learn what is possible for you.

In addition to helping you understand various laser vision correction options, Claris Eye Care & Surgery will explain the costs and help you identify the best means of financing this procedure, if necessary. We have financing options available with approved credit.

If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today at (952) 522-4900.


Claris Eye Care & Surgery has a world-class team that carefully crafts vision correction solutions tailored to each of our patient’s needs. Dr. Carlson has conducted thousands of surgeries. 

He utilizes two different laser platforms to perform laser vision corrections: Alcon WaveLight® EX500 Wavefront Optimized Excimer laser and the Contoura® topography-guided system. The WaveLight® EX500 laser provides a very wide range of treatments and is extremely fast. In fact, more people can be candidates for laser vision correction with this laser than ever before. The speed of the EX500 laser makes for an easier treatment experience.


Contoura® Vision is a laser vision correction that uses some of today’s most advanced mapping technologies to create a highly personalized treatment for your eyes – and only your eyes. Just like your fingerprint is completely unique to you, Contoura® Vision creates a procedure that is completely unique to your eyes.


Contoura® Vision is topography-guided laser vision correction. This means your eye is imaged and analyzed using 22,000 unique elevation points on the cornea. This data is sent to Dr. Carlson’s surgical planning computer to create an individualized ablation profile. The WaveLight® EX500 excimer laser automatically adjusts each laser pulse placement to match the topography-guided treatment.

The results with Contoura® Vision have been amazing. Results have shown that 92.6% of eyes treated with Contoura® achieve 20/20 or better vision and 64.8% have achieved 20/16 or better vision! 30.9% of patients stated their vision outperformed contact lenses or glasses!


Before LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Carlson will perform a thorough eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure. He will evaluate:

  • The shape and thickness of your cornea
  • Refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism)
  • Other eye conditions
  • Your general health history and any medications you are taking to determine if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK.
  • The moistness of your eyes will also be evaluated, and a precautionary treatment may be recommended to reduce your risk of developing dry eyes after LASIK.

There are a few things to expect after the procedure is finished. Some blurry vision and haziness immediately after surgery are normal, however, clarity should improve by the very next morning. Your eyesight should stabilize and continue to improve within the first few days, although in rare cases it may take several weeks or longer.

You may be able to go to work the next day, but it is recommended that you refrain from any strenuous exercise for at least a week since this can traumatize the eye and affect healing.

Most people achieve 20/20 vision or better after their surgery, but LASIK results do vary. Some people may achieve only 20/40 vision or less, and may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following laser vision correction, though your prescription level typically will be much lower than before.

While the LASIK procedure itself has an excellent safety profile, post-surgery issues can occur, such as infection, dry eye or night glare (starbursts, halos or rainbows that are most noticeable when you’re viewing lights at night, such as while you’re driving). Fewer than 3% of people will need a LASIK enhancement, or “touch up” procedure, a few months after the primary surgery to achieve ideal visual acuity.